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4 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hot Tub

4 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hot Tub

There’s just something about a hot tub that screams a fun time. Everyone who loves to have fun… knows it. You probably know it, too, and know how true it is.

Plain and simple, people who have hot tubs know how to have fun.  It literally screams “I love relaxing and enjoying life’s greater luxuries.”

Whenever you’ve got a hot tub around, you know it’s going to be a good time. Hot tubs are perfect for a warm summer day after a cool, refreshing swim. And, they’re perfect for those colder days or when you’re just a bitch chilly. (They’re awesome for those times you need an excuse to drink a cocktail in a pit of warm, swirling water.)

Do you want those good times to continue? Then take care of your hot tub. Taking care of a hot tub is almost as hard as taking care of those plants that keep dying on your windowsill.

1. Start with the outside cover

The vinyl cover of hot tub is one of the most important pieces of your wonderful bubbling tub. It’s incredibly important to keep it clean or else you risk dirtying the inside of your hot tub and the overall deterioration of the cover. Nobody wants to sit in a tub of dirty water. Why would you do that to your guests?

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There are three things you’ll need before you start this journey to a clean cover: a very gentle cleaner (so gentle it treats your hot tub like a gem), a sponge, and an oil-free protectant.

Pay careful attention:

  • Start off by spraying the cover with water that’ll take off the surface dirt and gunk.
  • After the water runs off, take your sponge and gentle .. and start scrubbing the cover until you see the gross stuff vanish before your very eyes.
  • Use the protectant to give your cover a little extra protection.

And there you have it! You have mastered the art of cleaning your hot tub cover. Now for the rest…

2. Keep a consistent schedule

If there’s one thing that’s true about hot tub maintenance, it’s this: If you don’t have a consistent schedule of when you’re going to clean your hot tub, it will never be clean. Unless we’re already used to sticking to schedule, sticking to one is harder than pulling hen’s teeth.

That’s why I want you to raise your right hand and repeat after me:

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I solemnly swear…that I will make a hot tub cleaning schedule…and stick to it for as long as I live.

Great! So here’s a good example of a schedule you can use – just adjust it for your daily life!

  • At least once a day: check your spa cover and clean if necessary, check and adjust water temperature, and make sure there’s no obvious damage.
  • At least 3 times a week: adjust sanitizer levels and check those all-important pH levels.
  • At least once a week or every two weeks: clean the spa filters.
  • Monthly: do a deep cleaning of your tub cover and clean your cabinet.
  • Every three months: fully drain and deep clean your tub.
  • Cover up your tub when you’re not using it.

This one is a pretty simple one to implement on your hot tub… Would you leave your front door open when you left to go shopping?

Would you leave your car window open when you know there’s going to be a huge storm in a couple hours? Of course not.

Whether you use your hot tub frequently or not, it’s smart to put the protective cover on it. I mean… you can keep it uncovered… if you don’t mind constantly cleaning the hot tub from all the mess that’ll fall into it.

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3. Test your hot tub regularly

It’s not all fun and games when it comes to hot tubs. Oh no. You may think all you need to do is buy a hot tub and then you’re good to go. You think wrong, my friend.

Installing your hot tub and taking care of it doesn’t just involve cleaning out gunk and dirt. You also have to check the water inside to make sure it is clean and safe.

There are three main ways to do this. The first is to use test strips, which you can purchase at any hot tub or pool maintenance store. These will check for pH, chlorine/bromine, and alkalinity. Just take a sample of water from the middle of the hot tub (very important to get an accurate sample), dip your strip in, and test the colors that come out with the color swatches on the bottle. And wah-lah! You’ve tested your hot tub.

The second way is to use a liquid test kit. It’s basically no different from the process of the test strips; you’ll just use some extra materials that come in the kit.

The third way that you should do at least once a month is to have it checked out by your hot tub dealer. Collect a sample like in the previous steps and immediately take it to your hot tub dealer for testing. He or she has a sort of crystal ball for hot tubs. They can tell you a lot of different things about your water that the above tests couldn’t tell you. Pretty cool!

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4. Watch out for what chemicals you use in the tub

It’s incredibly important to keep an eye on what kind of chemicals and sanitizers you add into your hot tub. After checking the pH levels, bromine/chlorine, and alkalinity levels in the last step, you’ll know what you need to add to your hot tub water to put everything back into order and in tip-top shape.

No one wants to have hot tub water that’s cloudy or gunky, or filled with bacteria. Otherwise, your neighbours will forever know you as “dirty hot tub.” How embarrassing! I’d never want anyone to think that about me. Would you?

Conclusion

There you have it! You are now an expert at hot tub cleaning and maintaining it as a pro. Give yourself a pat on the back and then go have a relaxing cocktail in your sparkling tub. After all, it’s an investment, and those are worth protecting for decades to come.

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Last Updated on August 13, 2020

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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Reference

[1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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